The fêted Biennale des Antiquaires was announced last March at the French Consultat General de France. Looking back, the actual fair seemed so far away…. Nowadays I'm reminded that it is just about a little over a month away. This grande dame of antique fairs will take place at the Grand Palais in Paris from September 14th through the 23rd.
Etienne Dinet (1861-1929), "La Lutte Des Fillettes" (“Young girls fighting”), Oil On Canvas, Signed on the left flower side
The idea of an “antique dealer fair” first appeared in the 1950s and more precisely in 1956 under the aegis of the new chairman of the SNA (National Union of Antiques Dealers), Pierre Vandermeersch. The dream was to create an event where the beauty of the objects on show could compete with that of the women who come visit the exhibition, a venue where elegance, prestige and celebration would await a host of art lovers and collectors. - SNA-France. The 26th Biennale des Antiquaires will feature an unprecedented 120 leading international art, antiquities and fine jewelry dealers representing over $50 billion worth of Archaeological treasures, arms and armor, furniture, paintings, drawings, graphic works, sculpture, books and illuminated manuscripts, tapestries, rugs, objects d'art, coins and medals, stamps, ceramics and jewelry.
Jean Raoux, (Montpellier 1677 – Paris 1734), "Portrait of a woman slightly undressed", Oil on canvas
FUN FACTS: Key People from BDA: Karl Lagerfeld, Scenographer Christian Deydier, President of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires. Sample List of Exhibitors: Wallace Chan, Chaumet, Bulgari and Boucheron, Piaget, Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, Cartier, Christian Dior.
Johann-Ernst Heinsius, (Thuringe 1731 – Erfurt 1794), "Portrait de Pierre-Simon de Laplace, mathématicien" Oil on original canvas. Inscription " N. Largillière" On the book, bottom right
Elizabeth Taylor by Andy Warhol, silkscreen ink and acrylic on linen
(L& M Arts)
FUN FACTS: Did you know that it was André Malraux who opened the path to the Grand Palais, a legendary Parisian landmark built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900? Yes, the first International Biennale, in its present form, was held in 1962. It was a focal gathering of the greatest French and foreign antique dealers, decorators, jewellers and book store owners under the famous glass roof in a magic setting made up of pavilions, gardens and fountains.
Bague (ring) Piaget
Eugène Printz (1889-1948) , Jean Dunand (1877-1942)
Art & Décoration 1933, modèle similaire avec un décor différent reproduit page 297. Guy Bujon et Jean-Jacques Dutko, E. Printz, éditions du Regard, Paris, 1986, modèle reproduit page 278
Paul Evans Sideboard in structure in bronze, wood and covered with weld steel plates. Bronze low relief in front, like patchwork, circa 1970
(Galerie Yves et Victor Gastou)
Marcel Coard (1889-1974)
Provenance : Ancient collection of Monsieur E. , collaborator at La maison Jansen Décoration.
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